• The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, read by Thomas Judd.

For listeners of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, an enchanting, bestselling novel that sweeps listeners into a magical Victorian London inhabited by a clockwork octopus and a mysterious watchmaker who is not at all what he first appears.

1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later, the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something. When Grace Carrow, an Oxford physicist, unwittingly interferes, Thaniel is torn between opposing loyalties.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street is a sweeping, atmospheric narrative that takes the listener on an unexpected journey through Victorian London, Japan as its civil war crumbles long-standing traditions and beyond. Blending historical events with dazzling flights of fancy, it opens doors to a strange and magical past.

©2015 Natasha Pulley (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic Reviews

"Humor, wit, mystery and danger are threaded through the book in musical measure. It dances between genres and makes partners of several: one could call it steampunk for its Victoriana and etheric experimentation, science fiction for its musings on determinism, historical fantasy for the ways in which those elements are seamlessly blended with late 19th century London.... A delightful, relentlessly charming and deeply moving book.... Remarkable." (Los Angeles Times)

"Enchanting.... Amid this thriller-like plot, Pulley raises thought-provoking questions about free will, fate and identity—making for a rich brew of historical fantasy, philosophy and emotion." (Washington Post)

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